Lebanese in Scranton
Whenever we go to the northern Poconos, we try to hit the nearby "cities" of Scranton, Wilkes Barre, or Dickson for shopping and dining. City Cafe had a somewhat odd location in what appeared to be a developing business district and ghost town rolled in one. If you were not seeking it out specifically, you may miss it altogether.
I went with a large group of 7 people (six adults, one child) and there were only 2 other diners with us. We may have gotten there before the dinner rush or it may never be busy at all. The menu was small and felt limiting because I had at least 3 picky eaters in my group. We did have to make a fast food run after dining here, but I digress because my own experience here was not only good, it was great.
We ordered a little bit of this and that, including: mediterranean pizza, spanakopita, Lebanese fried rice with chicken and tuna, chicken/lamb/beef kabobs, and the dessert sampler. Like I said, my own experience was great. This was my first time having Lebanese cuisine and the fried rice just wowed me with its complexity in flavor and texture. I told the owner that two of their desserts reminded me of Filipino specialties (polvoron and hopia), so the similarity was a nice surprise.
The ambiance is great for intimate meetings, whether it be a date between two people or a reunion of old friends. You'll all have a lot to talk about from the food to the decor, and would be able to hear each other when you do so.